Oblinger is the Executive Director of Higher Education for Microsoft Corporation.
She provides strategic direction for higher education programs at
Microsoft and works closely with customers on a variety of instructional
technology issues. As a spokesperson for higher educational concerns,
Oblinger speaks and writes on a range of higher education issues.
the previous two years, Oblinger was a consultant and
Senior Fellow for the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research
where she directed the development of Research Bulletins,
a bi-weekly publication that synthesized current issues
for college and university executives. She also serves
as an Adjunct Professor of Adult and Community College
Education at North Carolina State University.
also has served as the Vice President for Information
Resources and the Chief Information Officer for the
16-campus University of North Carolina system. Oblinger
was responsible for strategic planning and policy development
for information technology as well as for collaborative
programs in teaching and learning with technology,
student services and IT procurement.
a 10-year period, Oblinger held a variety of management
positions within IBM including academic programs and
strategy executive, academic consulting, and was the
IBM Director of the Institute for Academic Technology.
Before joining IBM, Oblinger was on the faculty at
the University of Missouri-Columbia and at Michigan
State University. At the University of Missouri, she
served as an academic dean and was recognized for her
work in student recruitment, retention, faculty development
and student computing.
for her leadership in teaching and learning with technology
and distributed learning, she serves on boards such
as the University of Texas TeleCampus and is on the
Editorial Board of Open Learning. She is a member of
the Board of Visitors for the Air University, the educational
arm of the Air Force. Oblinger chairs the National
Visiting Committee for the National Science Digital
Library project for National Science Foundation. Oblinger
also has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Technology.
frequent keynote speaker, Oblinger is the co-author
of What Business Wants from Higher Education, which
received the 1999 Frandson Award for best literature
in continuing education. She is co-editor of five books,
The Learning Revolution, The Future Compatible Campus,
Renewing Administration, E is for Everything and Best
Practices in Student Services as well as the author
or co-author of more than two dozen monographs and
articles on higher education and technology topics.
has received outstanding teaching and research awards
and was named Young Alumnus of the Year by Iowa State
University. She holds three degrees from Iowa State
University: a B.S. in Botany, an M.S. in Plant Breeding
and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Cytogenetics. She
is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma